Vigil planned for Sgt. Steven Floyd

 (DHSS photo)

(DHSS photo)

A candlelight vigil will be held to remember Sgt. Steven Floyd, a 16 year veteran of the Department of Correction who was killed during this week’s hostage siege at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

The Correctional Officer Association of Delaware is hosting a vigil tonight 6 p.m. at Smyrna Municipal Park.

COAD is also hosting an online fundraiser to support Floyd’s family. The GoFundMe website describes the effort this way: “This funding site was created by the very officers whom have worked along-side those affected by this tragic event. Once funds have reached either the achieved level, or more, the union body as a whole will approach the families to have the monies divided between them.”

Floyd’s body was taken from the Medical Examiner’s office in Wilmington with full honors from fellow law enforcement officers on Friday.

Funeral plans have not been released.

Delaware State Police continue their investigation in the Floyd’s death and the circumstances surrounding the hostage situation that unfolded at the Smyrna prison on Wednesday and Thursday. Investigators plan on interviewing hundreds of inmates and others while collecting countless pieces of evidence and reviewing security camera footage. 

Police say building C, where the hostages were held is still being considered a crime scene. Police say they will not release updates on their investigation so as not to jeopardize the investigation. 

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